LIT. 101 Contemporary Literature (3 units)

Read, interpret and analyze a representative selection of contemporary literary fiction, poetry and drama since WWII using some of the major theoretical approaches to literature. These readings offer not only a greater critical perspective and insight into contemporary history, but an enhanced understanding of ourselves within our own culture.

LIT. 155 Comics and the Graphic Novel (3 units)

Study of the history, structure, and content of the graphic novel, or comic book, a narrative form that blends literary and visual components. Includes analysis of primary sources and graphic novel criticism that explores the genre's cultural impact. Topics also may include fan culture, particular genres of comics, and connections between comics and other forms of visual text.

LIT. 191 Children's Literature (3 units)

An overview of the body of world literature deemed appropriate and enriching for children from infancy to adolescence. The course is designed to impart knowledge about and practice in storytelling techniques, as well as practical experience in presenting age-appropriate literature to children and youth. Theory and practice in discerning literary genres, criteria for selection, and techniques for using classic and contemporary literature with young people. Also listed as ECE. 191.

LIT. 201 American Literature I (3 units)

Study of American Literature from Native American narratives through the 19th century. Lectures, discussions, reading of primary and secondary works, and writing of critical papers.

LIT. 202 American Literature II (3 units)

Study of American Literature from the mid 19th century to the present. Lectures, discussions, reading of primary and secondary works, and writing of critical papers.

LIT. 221 Introduction to World Literature II (3 units)

Study of representative works from the genres of selected works (poetry, prose, drama, and film), in translation and in English, of literature from around the world, including Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and other areas, from the mid or late seventeenth century to the present. Includes analysis of primary sources and literary criticism as well as how the genre interacts with mythology, philosophy, mass media, and popular culture.

LIT. 231 Survey of British Literature I (3 units)

Study of the typical works of major British writers from the 8th to the 18th Century. Lectures, discussions, related readings, and writing of critical papers.

LIT. 232 Survey of British Literature II (3 units)

Study of the typical works of major British writers from the 19th Century to the present. Lectures, discussions, related readings, and writing of critical papers.

LIT. 251 Women in Literature (3 units)

A study of the historical, sociopolitical, and cultural concerns of women as these appear in novels, short stories, and poetry. A glimpse into the struggle for self-identity and the forces that interact in the course of this struggle.

LIT. 266 Black Literature (3 units)

A survey of Black American literature from 1619 to the present. Literature, such as autobiographical works, poetry, short stories, drama, folk tales, novellas, and novels, will be included to introduce and explore the qualities of Black American writing.

LIT. 267 Filipino American Literature (3 units)

A survey of Filipino American writing of the twentieth and twenty-first century will acquaint students with the issues that these American writers of Filipino descent address as they move between different societies. The literature reflects the unique background of shared language and history, as well as the contrasts between the cultures of the Philippines and the United States. Material will be presented in a variety of genres.

LIT. 370 Readings in Literature of the Latino in the United States (3 units)

A study of the historical, sociopolitical, and cultural concerns of Latinos in the U.S. as these appear in novels, short stories, and poetry. A glimpse into the struggle for self-identity and the forces that interact in the course of this struggle.

LIT. 432 Folklore (3 units)

A lively study of folk tales, legends, beliefs, superstitions, proverbs, mythology, folk life, folk speech, folk songs, lyrics, folk epics, and their influence in the literature and culture that form our heritage. Special attention will be given to folklore of various racial and ethnic groups that mold American society.